LET HIM GO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Thomas Bezucha Stars: Diane Lane, Kevin Coster, Lesley Manville, Jeffrey Donovan, Kayli Carter, Will Brittain, Ryan Bruce, Booboo Stewart. Based on the novel from the late Larry Watson (which was published posthumously in 2013), Let Him Go is a well-crafted tense, pulpy thriller and contemporary western noir. Montana in the early 60s. George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) is a former sheriff who now runs a horse ranch. His wife Margaret (Diane Lane) is the real power in the family. Then their son Jamie (Ryan Bruce) is tragically Continue reading

HAPPIEST SEASON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clea DuVall Stars: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Victor Garber, Mary Steenburgen, Alison Brie, Mary Holland, Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza, John Dorman. Hollywood seems to produce a new Yuletide comedy every year – and while some are really good, instant classics that you can watch over and over many times, some are overly mawkish and awash in sentimentality. Others are almost instantly forgettable. Happiest Season is a wryly observed comedy that taps into the familiar tropes of the dysfunctional family gathering that is a constant Continue reading

ON THE ROCKS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sofia Coppola Stars: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Barbara Bain. Seventeen years after they collaborated on Lost In Translation, Bill Murray is reunited with director Sofia Coppola for this light-weight examination of complicated father/daughter relationships, identity, and a study of a marriage in crisis. The film seems to hold something of a deeper personal significance for Coppola herself and it is tinged with a melancholy tone. Laura (Rashida Jones, from tv’s Parks And Recreation, etc) is a struggling writer Continue reading

THE COMEBACK TRAIL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Gallo Stars: Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, Zach Braff, Emile Hirsch, Patrick Muldoon,. Hollywood loves to make films celebrating the movie industry itself and depicting the movie making process. While many are celebratory in nature there has been the occasional satire like Robert Altman’s The Player, which delivered a backhanded salute to the industry. The Comeback Trail is something of a parody of low budget filmmaking and satire of Hollywood filmmaking, in particular the mercenary nature of producers. Continue reading

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 – interview with Susan Bui

by GREG KING Like so many other film festivals in 2020 the Japanese Film Festival will be going digital with on-line screenings. There is a wide variety of genres in the main program, plus a series of classic Japanese films from the 60s and 70s under the tag of “Provocation and Disruption”, which seems apt for this year. Greg speaks to the festival’s artistic director Susan Bui to find out more. http://www.mediafire.com/file/qdwxn5f1vlu5l7n/251106_001.MP3/file Continue reading